Laura has been an active volunteer and activist with UU Mass Action since 2011 and formally accepted her role as Acting Executive Director in April of 2014. She follows in the footsteps of the previous Executive Director, Jesse Jaeger, who provided three years of leadership and visioning that helped to grow UU Mass Action into a powerful organizing force.

Laura has been a Unitarian Universalist for over 20 years. During this time she has held many lay leadership roles, but her passion has always been for social justice. Her work has centered on hunger and homelessness, environmental justice, ending mass incarceration and immigrant rights.

Laura deepened her commitment to immigrant rights during a service learning trip with Boston New Sanctuary Movement to the Arizona/Mexican border in 2011.  She states, “Witnessing the conditions at the border first hand moves one from an intellectual understanding of the situation to a deeply felt comprehension of the pain that our nation’s economic, drug and immigration policy has created.”

In 2014, Laura traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico, as part of a Witness for Peace learning experience exploring the roots of migration.  In August 2014, Laura participated in the Pray for Relief action in Washington DC and was arrested with over 100 other interfaith activists calling for an end to deportations.  Laura has also been an active member UU Mass Action working group, EMIT (End Mass Incarceration Together) and helped to organize the buses for the Jobs Not Jails rally in April 2014.

Laura balances her community activism with her work as a Clinical Social Worker. She maintains a part-time private practice helping people who are healing from trauma.  She holds a Masters degree from Boston University’s School of Social Work and a Bachelor of Science with a major in management from Northeastern University.

Laura has been married for 26 years to Ken Wagner.  Ken also has a long history in lay leadership and he is a passionate ally in Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression/Multicultural ministries.  Laura and Ken are both members of Allies for Racial Equity and are committed to anti-racism/anti-oppression/multicultural work. Laura and Ken have four beautiful children and are enjoying the recent addition of two wonderful grandchildren to their family.

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First Parish Chelmsford Sermons 2014-2015

Sermons from the 2014-2015 church year at First Parish

Dolores Heredia-Wood, Rev. Ellen Spero, Michael, and Marion , First Parish Chelmsford Congregation , Jim Curley , Joan Coyne, Ellen Mellen, Donna Mitchelson, Marisha Rowse, and Rosemary McMullin , Laura Nutter, Peggy Stephens-North, Deirdre Heck, Carrie Little, Dee Halzack, Carla Corey, and David Blackburn , Laura Wagner - Executive Director of the UU Mass Action Network , Lynne Cole , Matt Meyer , Rev. Allison Palm , Rev. Ellen Spero, Marion, Aggie Brennan, Michelle Hillman, Ethan Hirsch, and Carole Russell , Rev. Ellen Spero, Sam Morse, Joan Coyne, and Ron Deschenes , Rev. Lilia Cuervo , Reverend Ellen Rowse Spero , Reverend John Pastor
First Parish Chelmsford Sermons 2020-2021

Sermons from the 2020-2021 church year at First Parish

Deirdre Heck, Stephanie Owen, and Susan Woodmansee , First Parish Chelmsford Congregation , Gail Burati, Diana Keohane, Doug Aker, and Frans Janssen , Laura Wagner - Executive Director of the UU Mass Action Network , Leslie Yauckoes, Beth Benoit, Carla Corey, Joan Coyne, and Diana Keohane , Rev. Ellen Spero and Farook Taufiq, Founder and Member of the Islamic Society of Greater Lowell , Rev. Ellen Spero and Rev. Janine Dailey , Reverend Ellen Rowse Spero , Reverend Jackie Clement , Reverend Justine Sullivan , Reverend Sophia Lyons , Steve Zocchi